Man finally restores 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

HIGHLAND — Like most classic car restorations, what was once a goal full of enthusiasm shortly was placed on the back burner and became a story of “I’ll get to it later.”

Twenty years ago, Gil Moen III purchased a 1957 Chevy Bel Air with the hope of one day restoring it to its former glory and later enjoying that car with his oldest son, Gil Moen IV. Last May, however, Gil Moen III received the news that no one wants to receive. He had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and was given only eight to twelve months to live.

His first thoughts after the diagnosis were, “what about my car, what about my dream?” It was soon after his diagnosis that friends Ryan Wendel and Dennis Palombo, who had just opened the doors to Phoenix Customs, their custom restoration and fabrication shop in Mapleton, decided to step in and make sure that his car was finished and drivable.

His main worry was what would become of the car after he passed. He worried about leaving such an enormous project with his wife, Melissa Moen, and their four children to deal with. That was the motivation to get the car finished so his family would have something to hold on to.

restores 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inside car“I spoke to Dennis about helping finish Gil’s car,” Wendel said. “Dennis and I both have sons of our own and a love of old cars as Gil and his son share. We knew it would mean the world to not only Gil but “Little Gil” (Gil’s oldest son) to have this car done. Having just opened their new shop, they knew time spent on the build would have to take place after hours and on weekends. This led to many long nights and extra time in the shop all to finish this special car for their good friend.

Labor was provided mostly from Wendel and Palombo in the beginning, but with his health permitting, the father and son periodically went down to the shop to help where they could. When the car arrived, it was in primer with no paint, no interior and it did not run. One night, Palombo and two of his son’s, Lane and Tyler Palombo, Wendel, and a friend Tyson Fiedler got the car sanded down and ready for paint.

Moen III had originally planned on the car being painted satin black, as he wasn’t sure how the body would look with gloss black applied. After they finished the bodywork, Wendel decided the paint the Bel Air gloss black because of the quality work that Moen III had put in to the body. They went the extra mile to give the paint a deep shine by cutting and polishing to make the paint appear as good as it could.

After the painting was complete, two of Gil’s friends, Jim Bowlby and Brian Riding, went down to the shop to help get all the wiring in place as well as the final assembly. The team also took on the project of restoring and finishing the interior of the car and making sure it ran properly.

“It was truly an honor to have Gil in our shop,” Wendel said. “Despite his circumstances, he always brought a positive attitude, laughter and was always too excited to see his car and his dream come true.”

What was truly amazing was most labor and materials used were donated by people involved with the build. The team even spoke to their paint supplier who generously donated all the paint and materials for the car.

The Bel Air was finished the first week of December 2018, where Moen III was able to finally see his dream realized and take his prized car out for a drive with his son Moen IV.

Melissa Moen was especially grateful for the kindness shown by friends and family who all worked to get the project done. “It is beautiful, and those friends are angels,” she said. “Sadly, Gil is down to his final weeks. It is heartbreaking to witness. Moen IV is 16 and has spent his entire life in our garage helping his dad, but the car is absolutely stunning and will be a treasured legacy.”

The family plans to hold on to the car after Gil Moen III passes, where it will be kept safe and in pristine condition in an offsite storage facility. The car will serve as a reminder of the life that Gil Moen III lived and will forever be known as “Gil’s Bel Air.”

The Last Chevrolet Volt

It was once the future of GM. Now it’s in the past.

The last Chevrolet Volt

According to the Associated Press, the last Chevrolet Volt rolled off the production line at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan, home to the hybrid-plug since 2010. First revealed as a concept at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, the Volt was unlike anything GM has ever built before but has since become commonplace: an electric car with a gasoline engine backup. Range anxiety was a non-issue.

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The Volt was the ideal vehicle to help symbolize a new GM, an automaker long associated with gas guzzlers. GM was also in the midst of recovering both financially and its public image in the wake of its 2009 bankruptcy and its US government bailout, a move that still remains controversial for many.

The first generation Volt could go 38 miles on electricity before having its battery recharged, or if that was not an option the small gasoline engine would kick in as a generator. The system was brilliant and GM had high expectations. Unfortunately, sales averaged only around 20,000 units a year despite solid reviews, a redesigned and improved second generation model, and a loyal following. Ironically, one of the reasons for the Volt’s demise was its initial battle cry: gas prices.

Back in 2010, prices surged and automakers naturally assumed trucks and SUVs would soon be in the past for a majority of buyers. Ford even dropped its beloved Ranger mid-size pickup truck, which has since returned, in favor of small cars like the Fiesta, which is also being phased out.

And now GM is doing what Ford and many other automakers are doing: betting big again on trucks and SUVs thanks to cheap gas prices once again. It’s hard not to describe this as ironic. GM, however, isn’t giving up on electrification. Quite the opposite. Its all-electric Bolt lives on and an all-new electric platform will launch in 2021 underpinning the first of dozens of new EVs. In other words, GM is betting on two opposite ends of the automotive spectrum: EVs and trucks. As for the Volt, well, it did serve its purpose, such as advances in lithium-ion batteries.

Bob Lutz, the now-retired GM Vice Chairman of Product, the guy who pushed the Volt from the get-go, had this to say about the Volt: “While it was a financial loser, it did what was intended. We viewed it as a stepping stone to full electrics, which were totally out of reach due to the then-astronomical cost of lithium-ion batteries.”

GM decides not to kill Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 yet

GM decides not to kill Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 yetGiven seven-month stays of execution.

GM decides not to kill Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 yet

General Motors has stayed the execution of two of the five American-made car models that it was expected to discontinue this summer when it idled the plants that produce them.

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The Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 full-size sedans will instead be built through January 2020, keeping the lights on at GM’s last factory in its hometown, the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly for an extra seven months.

Production of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and Buick LaCrosse ended at the facility on February 15, and neither model will be replaced as the automaker shifts its product focus toward fully-electric cars and utility vehicles.


GM decides not to kill Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 yet factory lineSales of the $28,395 Impala were down nearly 50 percent in 2018, with just over 56,000 sold, while Cadillac delivered 9,668 of its $51,490 CT6, about the same as the prior year.

GM announced the idling of the plant along with four other manufacturing facilities in North America last November, setting the stage for the elimination of a total of six models and several thousand jobs. A few weeks later, at January’s Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle clarified that the company was looking for a way to keep offering the CT6, which has been updated for 2016 with a new high-performance model and is the only vehicle in GM’s lineup to feature the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving aid.

GM decides not to kill Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 yet - Cadillac CT6The U.S. factories can’t technically be closed permanently unless an agreement is reached with the United Auto Workers union, and GM executives have been using the term “unallocated” to describe their immediate futures. The Impala is also produced at a GM factory in Oshawa, Canada, that is scheduled to be idled at the end of 2019.

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Chevy display walkthrough at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet makes a great showing at this years 2019 Detroit Auto Show.  Watch this video to see all the latest models.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show is also offering additional rebates on our most popular models.  And, just announced today…the addition of FLEX CASH!  Flex Cash is additional cash back that is good in addition to all other incentives but you’ve got to hurry.  When we run out of FLEX CASH there is no more and the offer expires.  So, the early bird gets the FLEX CASH!

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2019 Chevrolet Auto Show incentives

Receive an additional $750 OFF MSRP on our most popular models.

2019 Chevrolet Auto Show incentives

2019 Chevrolet Auto Show incentives We have a wide selection of Chevrolet Silverado models (both new 2018 and 2019 old body style and 2019 new body style) in stock to choose from.

Select a new 2019 Chevrolet Trax for as low as $16,027* or how about a family-sized Traverse?  Haul up to 8 passengers for only $29,737.*

  • Traverse 2019 Chevrolet Auto Show incentives

Check out all the features (see below) you get on this new 2019 Chevrolet Traverse stock # N29410.  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 to arrange a V.I.P. demonstration drive.

  • 8-passenger seating
    • Provides a 2-3-3 configuration for optimum passenger capacity and comfort
    • Second row 60/40 split flat-folding 3-passenger bench seat
    • Second row passenger-side seat features SmartSlide allowing quick and easy access to third row seating area with a simple pull of a lever
    • Third row 60/40 split flat-folding 3-passenger bench seat
  • Front bucket seats
  • Seat trim, Premium Cloth
  • Manual 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat
    • Can fold one or both sides down
    • Adds cargo- and passenger-carrying versatility to your vehicle
  • 2-way adjustable front head restraints
    • Easily adjust up or down, giving you the comfort you expect
  • 2-way adjustable rear head restraints
    • Second and third row outboard seating positions
  • Front center console
    • Keep valuables and smaller items secure
    • Dual cupholders
    • Large lit bin with removable tray
  • Carpeted floor covering
    • Matches your vehicle floor carpet color
  • Carpeted floor mats
    • All rows
    • Helps protect your interior from road debris and the elements
    • Engineered to fit your vehicle perfectly
    • Color-keyed to match the interior
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Manual tilt and telescoping steering column
    • Allows the driver to adjust the steering wheel up or down, and the steering column forward or back
    • Provides extra comfort when entering or exiting the vehicle
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
    • Allow the driver to easily operate the audio system, phone interface and cruise controls
    • Controls are positioned intuitively to make them convenient and easy to use
  • 3.5″ diagonal Driver Information Center
    • Provides key vehicle information, such as vehicle speed, fuel range, average fuel economy, tire pressure, oil life, trip odometer and warning
  • 8-point digital compass
    • Located in the Driver Information Center
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger express-down
    • Quickly lowers the window with the touch of a button
  • Power door locks
    • Programmable
    • Allows you to lock and unlock doors easily whether it’s from the driver or front passenger seat or from outside using the key fob
    • Lockout protection helps you avoid locking keys in the vehicle
  • Keyless Open
    • Locks and unlocks your vehicle’s doors without having to use the key fob, increasing security and convenience
    • Lockout protection helps you avoid locking keys in the vehicle
  • Cruise control
    • Maintains a steady speed while driving
    • Automatically disengages when the vehicle’s traction control system needs to limit wheelspin on slippery surfaces or when the StabiliTrak® stability control system detects an oncoming skid
    • Set and resume speed functions
    • Steering-wheel mounted controls to easily maintain and manage cruising speed
  • Remote panic alarm
    • Use to assist in an emergency situation or help in locating your vehicle
  • Theft-deterrent unauthorized entry system
    • Sounds the horn and flashes the turn signals when someone attempts to open the vehicle without the proper key or remote transmitter
    • Helps deter unauthorized entry, helping to protect your vehicle and its contents
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
    • Automatically maintains the selected temperatures for the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers
    • Auxiliary controls in the rear of the cabin include air delivery mode and temperature up/down settings
    • Sensors strategically located around the vehicle constantly monitor the temperature, including solar heating from the windows
  • Interior humidity sensor
    • Continuously reads the temperature and humidity inside the vehicle
    • Automatically adjusts airflow to match the individual climate settings for both the driver and front passenger
  • Rear window defogger
    • Helps to keep your rear view clear
    • Utilizes a warming grid to remove fog or frost from the rear window
  • Rear heat duct
    • Provide additional cabin comfort for rear occupants
  • Inside rearview manual day/night mirror
    • Adjust the tilt of the mirror to help reduce glare during nighttime driving
  • Umbrella holders
    • Located in front door pockets
  • Driver and front passenger visors with illuminated mirrors
    • Include covered mirrors
  • Interior lighting
    • Theater dimming and delayed entry/exit lighting as you enter or leave the vehicle
    • Overhead courtesy lamp
    • Dual reading lights
    • Second row reading lamps integrated into dome light
    • Illuminated entry and exit feature
    • Door and tailgate activated switches
    • Cargo area
  • 10 total cupholders
  • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
  • 3.6L V6 engine
    • 310 hp @ 6800 rpm
    • 266 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm
    • Variable Valve Timing and Spark Ignition Direct Injection
    • Includes Start-Stop technology that helps save fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop and the brake pedal is pressed; the engine restarts on its own when the brake is let up
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
    • Electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and Driver Shift Control
    • Smooth, effortless automatic shifting
  • E10 fuel capable
    • Allows your vehicle to operate on a fuel mixture of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline that is sold in many parts of the country
  • Automatic Stop/Start
    • At complete stops, when drivers keep their foot on the brake pedal, and under certain conditions, the engine shuts off
    • When drivers remove their foot from the brake, the engine automatically restarts
  • Traction Mode Select
    • Allows you to select how your vehicle responds and adapts to various driving conditions
    • It allows for real-time control based on changing conditions
  • 3.49 axle ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps battery
    • Maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • 170-amp alternator
  • 6,160 lbs. GVWR
    • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment
  • Ride and Handling suspension
    • Fully independent suspension is tuned for a smooth ride and optimum handling
    • MacPherson strut coil spring front suspension with a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules
    • Includes an independent 5-link rear suspension
  • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
    • Help reduce wheel lockup and maintain steering control during hard braking on most slippery surfaces
  • Electronic parking brake
    • Takes the place of the manual foot actuated parking brake
    • Activated by the simple touch of a switch and can be operated even when the ignition is turned off
    • Brake is automatically set if the system senses the vehicle is parked on a steep incline
  • Capless fuel fill
    • Helps keep your hands clean of dirt and fuel during fill ups
    • Creates an air-tight seal around the fuel-pump nozzle when the nozzle is fully inserted and latched
  • Road emergency tool kit
    • Contains a jack and lug nut wrench for changing flat tires
    • Helps keep you prepared for the unexpected
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 7″ diagonal color touch-screen
    • 7″ diagonal color touch-screen for customizing and managing entertainment and vehicle feature settings
    • Bluetooth® streaming audio for music and select phones
    • Apple CarPlay™ capability for compatible phones
    • Android Auto™ capability for compatible phones
    • Voice-activated technology for radio and phone
    • USB port(s)to play stored audio files through your vehicle’s audio system
    • Auxiliary jack for connecting portable media devices
  • USB ports
    • 6 standard USB ports with 2 in each row
  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot
    • A strong connection to the Internet for up to 7 devices
    • Includes Data Trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first)
  • Active Noise Cancellation
    • This technology blocks and absorbs sound, as well as dampens and eliminates vibrations, helping to leave outside noise where it belongs

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*Plus tax, license and fees.  Includes all available incentives.  Good through 2.28.19.




Watch The Electric Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Pop A Glorious Wheelie

An all-electric future may not be so bad after all.

Last November Chevrolet unveiled something rather unique, the all-electric eCOPO Camaro. With 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of instant torque on tap, this drag racer is powered by a pair of electric motors which gets its juice from a 32 kWh battery pack. An automatic gearbox distributes all of that power to the same solid rear axle found in the regular production COPO Camaro drag racers.

The last time we the visually saw and heard the eCOPO Camaro was when Chevy released its own video of a silent burnout. We described the moment as “sounding like a vacuum cleaner.” Look, it’s one of the disadvantages when ditching internal combustion for electricity, but the actual drag race results speak for themselves.

Today, another video has been posted online showing the 2019 eCOPO Camaro doing its first run ever and, to our great enjoyment, it even popped a wheelie. We’re also being told it only used roughly 80 percent of its total power for its first run. Imagine it at full power and, in future model years, with numerous upgrades. As we said back in November, full electrification doesn’t sound completely terrible, only different. It’s just something we’re going to have to get used to.

But the eCOPO Camaro’s first time specs are very impressive: it completed the quarter-mile in 10.142 seconds at 130.85 mph. Imagine where these figures will be once Chevy’s engineers work out any kinks. After all, the eCOPO Camaro is only a concept, for now. Chevrolet has said it might offer electric crate motors like the one used here at some point down the line, but this still is not confirmed.

Still, the eCOPO Camaro could become a production drag racer in the very near future. Given GM’s previous announcements regarding its intent to become a global leader in all-electric powertrains, don’t be surprised to see concept become reality.

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